GULF SHORES PRINCIPAL NAMED ALFA TEACHER OF MONTH
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Educating must not only be a teacher's job, but also her "life mission and daily passion," according to Sherry Frazier, principal of Gulf Shores Middle School. That's a belief Frazier was taught by her parents, teachers and principals.
It's also a belief she hopes to instill in the teachers and students at her middle school.
It's that same belief that has earned Frazier recognition as Alfa's Teacher of the Month for June. As this month's winner, Frazier will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance and her school will receive a matching award from the Alabama Farmer's Federation.
"A school can only be effective if partnerships are developed and communication and involvement with the community, parents and students are created," said Frazier.
To encourage these partnerships, Frazier has created the "Site Council" where business owners, community members, parents, students and teachers come together to discuss issues concerning the school.
"She has made it clear that we are a team and we work alongside each other as equals," said Mindy Stringfield, an eighth-grade teacher at Gulf Shores Middle School.
Donna Jo Webb, an educator for 24 years, says she is the happiest she has ever been in her career, thanks to Frazier's leadership. "If we could clone a principal for every school, Mrs. Frazier would be my choice," said Webb.
Frazier has held a number of teaching and administrative positions in Montana as well as Alabama. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Northern Montana College, and later, her principal's endorsement from the University of Montana.
This year, Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation are recognizing one teacher from each state school board district as well as two private school teachers and two principals.
Application information is available online in the Ag Links section of AlfaFarmers.org under "Alfa Teacher of the Month."